Batman Sells Big As Hamill Retires?

Some news from the Batman universe that isn’t to do with “The Dark Knight Rises” today.

The just out video game “Batman: Arkham City” has sold 4.6 million copies worldwide in its first week of release on the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, more than double the sales figures of its predecessor ‘Arkham Asylum’.

In a press release today from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, the figure confirms that the game will be one of the top-selling titles of 2011. Certainly with a score of 95/100 (360) & 96/100 (PS3) on Metacritic, it currently stands as the highest reviewed game of the year.

Meanwhile one of the true cornerstones of the franchise has seemingly announced his retirement. “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill has been providing the voice of almost all the various animated incarnations of The Joker since the 1992 premiere of “Batman: The Animated Series”.

Last week he tweeted that he’s retiring from the part with ‘Arkham City’ being the last time we’ll hear his work as Mr. J, however one of the game’s designers tells Digital Spy that he doesn’t quite believe it.

Hamill himself later tweeted the one exception that he would come back for – an animated movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s acclaimed Joker story “The Killing Joke”..